Orleans Parish Board Fails to Properly Track Money Shared with RSD

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Orleans Parish School Board is not properly accounting for the money it shares with the Recovery School District, resulting in $2.1 million misspent in fiscal year 2011, according to a report released Thursday yesterday by the Bureau of Governmental Research. The report recommends that the board change its bookkeeping procedures to clearly track shared revenues and costs.

Though OPSB controls only about one quarter of New Orleans' 80-plus public schools -- the rest were taken over by the state Recovery School District after Hurricane Katrina -- it continues to levy taxes for all the schools, receive some funds for both districts and cover some costs for city schools as a whole.

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